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Friend and Colleague, Jerry Wallack, Passed Away

News | September 4, 2015


Jerry B. Wallack, managing partner of Kutak Rock LLP’s Chicago office, died unexpectedly this morning. He was 63. He is survived by his wife, Betty Brady, and daughter, Wendy Wallack.

“Jerry opened our Chicago office in July 2000 and acted as the managing partner for the office,” said David Jacobson, chairman of Kutak Rock LLP. “Along with other partners, Jerry was instrumental in developing bond issuer clients in the City of Chicago and at the state level and in making Kutak Rock a force in Illinois public finance.

“Jerry’s many friends and colleagues at Kutak Rock join me in extending our heartfelt condolences to Betty, Wendy and the rest of Jerry’s family and friends. Our entire firm shares the shock and pain felt at his sudden passing,” Jacobson said.

“Jerry will be missed,” said Kevin Barney, a colleague of Wallack's who worked with Jerry for 30 years. “He was a brilliant mind and a good man.”

Wallack earned an A.B. from Oberlin College in 1974, an A.M. from the University of Chicago in 1977 and his law degree from the University of Chicago School of Law in 1978. He was a partner in the law firms of Katten Muchin & Zavis (now Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP), Chicago, Illinois, and Borge and Pitt, Chicago, Illinois (which merged with Katten Muchin & Zavis in 1987), prior to opening Kutak Rock’s Chicago office.